no·​mad | \ˈnō-ˌmad, British also ˈnä-\

Definition of nomad 

1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …Discovery

2 : an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

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Other Words from nomad

nomad adjective
nomadism \ ˈnō-​ˌma-​ˌdi-​zəm \ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination

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The nomads, thankfully, nod and point toward a swell of hills. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 July 2018 The tensions have led to scuffles, harassment of nomadic girls and, allegedly, the burning of nomad huts by Hindu men. Washington Post, "Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today’s India," 17 May 2018 Now, thanks to her, fellow nomads can transport themselves to the Mediterranean and beyond, spoonful by spoonful. Sara Lieberman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wanderlust Creamery Takes You Around the Globe in a Single Scoop," 25 May 2018 After the nomad quarterback spent 2017 without an NFL home, Washington signed and waived him this offseason. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "A former FIU quarterback nudges a former Canes quarterback off an NFL roster | Miami Herald," 13 May 2018 However, the sea nomad lifestyle is increasingly under threat. National Geographic, "'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving," 19 Apr. 2018 Despite becoming a nomad in the league, Cooley sees these as additional opportunities. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Suns summer-league center Jack Cooley shares his experience, hangs on to the dream," 7 July 2018 Raised as a hoops nomad McDermott is well-traveled in his pro career already, having played for Chicago, Oklahoma City, New York and Dallas -- all in the past two seasons. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "5 things you might not know about Doug McDermott of the Pacers," 1 July 2018 Joining the staff of Life in 1946, Mr. Duncan undertook a variety of assignments in the Near East and North Africa: Iranian nomads, the birth of Israel, Turkish cavalry on the Soviet border. Mark Feeney,, "David Douglas Duncan, whose images captured war-weary soldiers and Picasso at work, dies at 102," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of nomad

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

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English Language Learners Definition of nomad

: a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time


no·​mad | \ˈnō-ˌmad \

Kids Definition of nomad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock

2 : a person who moves often



Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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